PCOS/PCOD and Holistic management using Integrative medicine:
The integrative treatment towards Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) include Ayurveda, Yoga, Acupuncture and Naturopathy, which restore and maintain health and wellness across a woman's life by understanding the unique set of circumstances and addressing the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a young girl or woman leading to PCOS.
So, What is PCOS?
PCOS is a syndrome manifested with amenorrhea (no menstruation), hirsutism and obesity associated with enlarged cystic ovaries. It is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by excess androgen production by the ovaries that interferes with the reproductive, endocrine & metabolic functions. This is a common endocrine disorder affecting 5- 10% women of reproductive age that is 1 in 10 gets affected. Incidence is increasing rapidly with change in life style & stress, most frequently the causing sub- infertility in women. Ayurveda elaborately explains PCOS as Aarthava Kshaya.
⁍ It is believed that high levels of male hormones prevent the ovaries
from producing hormones and making eggs normally
⁍ Increase level of Inflammations
⁍ Irregular periods
⁍ Heavy bleeding
⁍ Hirsutism or excessive growth of hair on face
⁍ Absence of menstruation
⁍ Weight gain
⁍ Hair loss
⁍ Pelvic pain
⁍ Irritability or Depression
When to Start the treatment and How Integrative Medicine based approach helps in Managing PCOD/PCOS?
Do consult a doctor when you find hair on your cheeks, when menstrual cycle is very painful or when you skip a cycle.
The Panchakarma therapies, Shirodhara, Udvartana and Oral medications are useful in treating PCOS as they naturally stimulate better Ovarian functions along side regulation of diet and lifestyle.
Specific Yoga Therapy is suggested based on the Integrated approach to yoga therapy and includes not only Asanas but breathing exercises, pranayama and relaxation to balance the hypothalmo-pituatary ovarian axis.
Needling certain anatomical points has been reported to potentially improve sensitivity and help patients with PCOS
Naturopathy: Treatments such as Hip Bath, Hot foot Bath and diet help in improving the function of pelvic viscera by altering the circulation